Mental illness impacts millions of people across the globe and affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers.
Despite mental illnesses’ reach and relevance, stigma and misunderstanding are still too common. That is why since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country dedicate this time to raising awareness about mental illness. NAMI serves to educate the public, fight stigma and provide support.
Mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice.
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